China donates M1m worth of food aid

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE Chi­nese gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day handed over food aid worth M1 000 000 to Le­sotho through the World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) at the Food Man­age­ment Unit (FMU) in Maseru.speak­ing at the han­dover cer­e­mony, For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Min­is­ter, Tlo­hang Sekhamane, said the do­na­tion was made in re­sponse to a clar­ion call by the Le­sotho gov­ern­ment for as­sis­tance fol­low­ing a poor har­vest pre­cip­i­tated by the chang­ing cli­matic con­di­tions.

“Le­sotho, like many other coun­tries, is strug­gling with the chal­lenges posed by cli­mate change,” Mr Sekhamane said.

“How­ever, the gov­ern­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China has heeded our call and stood with us in a time of need.”

He also thanked the Chi­nese for their sup­port to the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho over many years and for the long stand­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and their peo­ple. The min­is­ter added that the food aid would be given to needy com­mu­ni­ties.

“I wish to as­sure you that this do­na­tion will be put to good use un­der the ca­pa­ble lead­er­ship of the FMU,” said Mr Sekhamane.

On his part, China’s Am­bas­sador to Le­sotho, Hu Dingx­ian, said the two coun­tries had en­joyed friendly and co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions for many years, with the Asian na­tion ac­tively sup­port­ing Le­sotho in its ef­forts to ad­dress the chal­lenge of food se­cu­rity and re­duc­ing poverty.

“I have been in­formed that WFP has dis­trib­uted the food into the Nu­tri­tion and Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Pro­grammes which will cater for about 30 000 Ba­sotho,” said Am­bas­sador Dingx­ian.

“I be­lieve this food do­na­tion batch will help those vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and needy groups re­duce their pain and suf­fer­ing, over­come their tem­po­rary dif­fi­cul­ties and con­trib­ute to the strength­en­ing of food se­cu­rity in Le­sotho.”

United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme Coun­try Direc­tor Mary Njoroge also lauded the gov­ern­ment of China for be­ing “a great part­ner to Le­sotho”. She said the WFP was proud to be as­so­ci­ated with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment “that cares about the fu­ture of Ba­sotho and a fu­ture which is free of hunger, mal­nu­tri­tion and poverty.”

Ms Njoroge said through the sup­port from China, the WFP was also able to strengthen its role in re­duc­ing nu­tri­tional chal­lenges such as stunted growth which she said cre­ated neg­a­tive so­cio-eco­nomic ef­fects.

“I am happy to say the WFP ‘s con­tri­bu­tion in the fight against stunt­ing which af­fects chil­dren be­low the age of two and is ir­re­versible when they are above two years, is yield- ing some pos­i­tive re­sults,” Ms Njoroge said.

“The re­cently re­leased De­mo­graphic Health Sur­vey shows that stunt­ing has re­duced from 39 per­cent to 33 per­cent.

UNWFP Pro­gramme Coun­try Direc­tor Mary Njoroge (front sec­ond from right) stresses a point as Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Le­sotho Hu Dingx­ian (front right) and For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Tlo­hang Sekhamane (front left), look on at the Food Man­age­ment Unit ware­house yes­ter­day

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